Australia and ASEAN Join Forces to Fight Terrorism and Violence

Australia and ASEAN Join Forces to Fight Terrorism and Violence

Australia and ASEAN Join Forces to Fight Terrorism and Violence

The other leader to address the conference will be Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Signatories agreed to share intelligence and strengthen law enforcement cooperation, among a host of other joint initiatives.

"It is vital for Australia and our Asean partners to collaborate across borders to ensure that our counter-terrorism legal frameworks are robust enough to provide effective investigation, prosecution and punishment, while being flexible enough to adapt to the changing and uncertain security environment", he said.

"The next day sideline programs of the summit begins and the President will attend a Indonesia-Australia student program and a short meeting with the prime minister followed by an Indonesia -Australia bilateral meeting and remarks by the President and the Australian prime minister at CEO Forum".

On hand to welcome them were Assistant Minister to the Australian Prime Minister James McGrath, New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean and Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia Datuk Sudha Devi Vasudevan.

Since 2012, roughly 220 Australians have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, while the same organization has targeted around 300 million Muslims in Southeast Asia for radicalization.

Jokowi said Indonesia and Australia are multicultural countries, thus, young generation is expected to employ the values of tolerance and peace.

Najib said the special summit, which is the first in its series, indicated that as an organisation and as a region, Asean was getting more and more recognition from non-member countries.

Najib said what was also very important was promoting a culture in which radical ideologies would find it hard to take root and Malaysia had established the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) in Kuala Lumpur, as a centre for the consolidation and dissemination of information and materials to underpin this. To speak at the closing of the conference, I was the only one invited (to speak).

"We have passed a number of laws, including the National Security Council Act, the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, because we were determined not to wait until an atrocity was committed, and only act later". We were also seated next to each other at the dinner just now.

Under the MoU, ASEAN and Australia will work together to develop and implement counter-terrorism legislation consistent with worldwide standards and best practices.

The MoU was inked by ASEAN Secretary General Datuk Lim Jock Hoi and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

The other leader to address the conference will be Turnbull.

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